world of food
Food is universal--we all eat! Few things are so common and yet so different between individuals, families, cultures, or geographies. Our preferences and styles define and separate us but exploring those differences can also bring us together. Learning about what people eat means that we learn about their everyday lives. Learning about food can help us to learn about science, math, history and culture.
What can one meal teach us about the world and each other?
In this year's entry event, the students of TCEC were asked to bake two loaves of bread. Students were paired up and tasked with making the dough from scratch, as well as butter. After the dough was created, it was transported to the culinary class's kitchen to be baked. The bread was then bagged and eaten that same afternoon! Half of the loaves were donated to a church food bank. This was an introduction to the kinds of work we will be doing throughout this semester.
Milestone #1 - Danish Potluck
During this phase, students were put into groups based on what they were interested in doing. They were given questions starting with one of these three words; what, how, and why. They used these questions to develop their project ideas and select a meal that related to that idea. Students then created a presentation about their selected dish, where they spoke about why they made it, and how it relates to both their topic and the driving question.
Every year, TCEC hosts a group of Danish students for a week in October. This year, a potluck was held with all kinds of different foods, but every single dish was cooked by students! Ranging from appetizers to entrees to desserts, each group brought a dish relating to their project question.
During this phase, students will begin to clarify their focus on their final products. Through using a visual planning tool, students will first brainstorm ideas and tasks that will allow them to create quality meals, cookbook entries, and videos. By the end of the phase, students will have recipes for an appetizer, entree, dessert, and beverage that they will serve at the final exhibition. They will then make an outline for their entry in a cookbook and a storyboard for a video that will supplement their cookbook entry.
Time To Eat!
During this phase, students will be chopping, cooking, and collaborating to implement their plans from milestone 2. They will have the opportunity to cook together during class time and have a blast making videos with a variety of creative themes to help students . They will also be compiling their research into a cookbook entry that shows deep connections to content from their subject areas classes. All products will be due at the end of this phase in preparation for the final exhibition.
Final Products and Community Feast
The culmination of this project will be an exciting event where community members are invited to share the delicious culinary creations of the students. Students will present their meals as well as other final products whose criteria are outlined below:
A recipe/cookbook entry
Should include information from different subject areas about their meal
A video cooking show or podcast about their process
Links / QR codes to videos should be included in the cookbook entry
A shared meal at a community potluck
Should feed 15+ people
Includes appetizer, entree, dessert, and drink